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Retrospective of 2020 graffiti

This image gallery brings together 200 great pieces of Montreal graffiti from 2020. It is not necessarily the best of the year because taste is a subjective thing and I was obviously not able to photograph everything. The selection was done partly from my own personal favourites but mostly from those of my followers on Instagram. Of course this list was put together from what I was actually able to photograph, so keep in mind that it may lack some great work that just slipped between the cracks.

The pieces are shown here in alphabetical order of artist/crew name. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few popular writers, I have set a maximum of 3 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two or more artists under one common theme count as one entry.

See also:
Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art
Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art

Cette galerie-photo présente 200 pièces de graffiti produites en 2020 à Montréal. Cette liste n’a pas la prétention d’être un best of de l’année puisque les goûts sont personnels et je n’ai évidemment pas eu la chance de tout photographier. La sélection s’est faite en partie parmi mes pièces favorites, mais surtout parmi les préférées de mes abonnés Instagram. Cette liste a bien sur été créée à partir de ce que j’ai eu la chance de trouver et de photographier, ce qui signifie que quelques chef d’oeuvres de 2020 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

Les pièces apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique de nom d’artiste/crew. Pour que la liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques graffeurs populaires, j’ai fixé un maximum de 3 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux ou plusieurs artistes sur un même thème ne comptent que pour une entrée.

Voir aussi:
Retrospective 2020 murales et autre street art peint
Retrospective 2020 street art collé


The 123 Klan‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Name pieces are by Scien and Klor at ground level and Aiik above.

Above 2: the 123 Klan’s Klor (above) and Scien (below) in Rosemont.

Aper‘s part in a prod which he curated in Côte St-Paul.

Aper in the McGill Ghetto.

Arrow in Rosemont.

Ason in Rosemont.

Ason at the Lachine graffiti walls.

Awie in St-Henri. Also visible in this shot are throws by Sake and Bruse.

Awie in an abandoned building. Scroll down for more by Awie under ‘K6A’ and ‘Serak’. Awie also has work appearing in theRetrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Axe Lalime in St-Henri.

Axe Lalime in St-Henri. Scroll down for more by Axe under ‘K6A’.

Bacer in Ahuntsic.

Bacer in Rosemont.

Beaf at the 2020 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam.

Beast in an abandoned building.

Bhar (ground level) and Amon (above) in Hochelaga. Scroll down for more by Bhar under ‘CEK’.

Bosny in an abandoned building.

Bosny in Rosemont. Bosny also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Supersize BTH piece on the roof of an abandoned building.

Bumpr at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Case in Pointe St-Charles.

Case in Ville St-Laurent.

The CEK crew represented by Deep, Resno, Bhar and Jher in a green alley prod in Hochelaga. Scroll up to ‘Bhar’ for more by this writer.

Cemz in Hochelaga.

Cemz from a KG crew production in Hochelaga.

Cemz in Rosemont. This writer has also made into the Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art under the name Benny Wilding.

Cler under the city.

Cone in Pointe St-Charles.

Crane at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Dars in Hochelaga.

Dars on letters and Omar Bernal on figurative parts, at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Omar Bernal also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Dfek in Ahuntsic.

Dfek in Rosemont.

Dfek in Rosemont.

Dice in Ahuntsic.

Dice in Rosemont.

Drug Prophets in Parc Jeanne-Mance.

Durs in Mile End.

EK Sept in Rosemont.

EK Sept in Rosemont. Scroll down to ‘Hoar’ for more by EK Sept.

Ekes for the 2020 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Ekes in an abandoned building.

Ekes under the city.

Ekler in Rosemont.

Ekler in Rosemont.

Ekler at the 2020 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam.

Ensor (ground level) and Joh (above), in Mercier. Scroll down for more by Joh in this retrospective.

Enter in Rosemont.

Eskro (above) and Resok (below) in Mercier. Scroll down for more by Resok in this retrospective.

F.One in an abandoned building.

F.One and Ewol from a production in Villeray.

F.One and Ewol in Rosemont.

Face in Rosemont.

Fisk and Tizer‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Scroll down for solo work by Tizer in this retrospective.

A huge solo wall by Five Eight in Hochelaga.

Fleo in St-Henri.

Fleo (above) and Dodo Osé (below) in Mercier. Scroll down to ‘K6A’ for more work by both writers. Dodo Osé also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Fokus in a Hochelaga alley. Scroll down for more by this artist under the name ‘Malin’.

The FT crew celebrated their 15th anniversary in 2020 and its Montreal members got together to paint this extra-wide piece on a bridge pillar.

Gaulois in Rosemont.

Gaulois in Rosemont.

Gost doint Hoar’s name for his birthday, in Rosemont.

Gost in Rosemont.

Grils treading that spece between figurative and letters in a Villeray production which he curated.

Grils in a Villeray production which he curated. Scroll down for more by Grils under ‘LTG / POM’. He also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Haks on the Lachine Canal.

During the first wave of the Covid19 pandemic Haks basically had the whole PSC legal graffiti wall to himself and managed to pull off this triple set. Scroll down for more by Haks under ‘Hoar’.

Hary in a Rosemont alley. Hary also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art under the name of his ‘crew’ Lama.

Hest in Hochelaga.

Hest on a bridge pillar. Scroll down for more by Hest under ‘Killa EF’ and under ‘Wuna’.

A tribute to health workers on the frontline of the Covid19 pandemic, by Hoar in Rosemont.

Hoar in Rosemont.

Hoar, Haks, EK Sept and Nemo collaboration for the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Hoar, Haks and EK Sept all have more work in this retrospective, scroll up to their names to view.

Hozek in Villeray. Scroll down to ‘LTG / POM’ for more by this artist.

Hurl at the Papineau legal graffiti wall. Scroll down for more by this artist under his alternate name ‘Joer’.

Jaker in Rosemont.

Jaker and Legal on an abandoned building. Scroll down for solo pieces by Legal in this retrospective.

Jaker in Hochelaga.

Janek in Ahuntsic.

Joer in Rosemont. Scroll up for more by this artist under his alternate name ‘Hurl’.

Joh at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Joh also has another entry in this retrospective, scroll up to ‘Ensor’ to view.

Johste in Rosemont.

The huge K6A crew wall for the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Monk.e, Awie, Serak, Fleo, Dodo Osé, Axe Lalime, Royal, Otak, Vect, Arpi, Sims and Osti. Monk.e, Awie, Serak, Fleo and Axe Lalime all have solo entries in this retrospective, scroll to their names to view. Dodo Osé also has more work under ‘Fleo’.

Kemt in Hochelaga.

Kes at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Above 3: Killa EF, Pito and Hest from a joint production in Petite-Patrie. All three have solo work in this retrospective, scroll to their names to view.

Trackside Killa EF.

Klew in Ahuntsic.

Koal in Hochelaga.

Koal in Little Italy.

Kor, Seano, MSH and perhaps more for the 2020 edition of Canettes de Ruelle.

Giant piece from Kor at the Papineau legal graffiti wall. Kor also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Korb in Rosemont.

Korb at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Kores at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Lamo at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Legal from a production in Côte St-Paul.

Legal in an abandoned building. More by Legal can be found above under ‘Jaker’.

Liza in Rosemont.

One of many “Defund The Police” pieces by Chris Lloyd at this same spot.

Lora in an abandoned building.

Louis Letters in an abandoned building.

Louis Letters in an abandoned building. Louis has also made into the Retrospective of 2020 pasted street art.

Above 2 photos: The LTG/POM crews’ wall for the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Aces, Grils, Serum, Rizek, Seork, Hozek and Paynt. The second photo above is a close-up on the left section showing Aces and Grils’s parts. Grils, Serum, Rizek and Hozek all have solo work in this retrospective, scroll to their names to view.

Lyfer in Petite-Patrie.

Lyfer in an abandoned building.

Macak in Rosemont. Macak also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Makes in Pointe St-Charles.

Makes at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Malin‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Malin has more work in this retrospective, scroll up to ‘Fokus’ to view. He also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art under ‘Jest’.

Maniak in Rosemont.

Maniak in Mercier.

Mask at the 2020 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam.

Maysr‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, from the wall of OGs which he curated.

Mazo in Rosemont.

Medor at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Meor in a graffiti alley.

Meow in Mile Ex.

Highwayside Meow.

Trackside Meow

Micer in an abandoned building.

Mix of graffiti and calligraphy by Monk.e in Mile End.

Monk.e at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Scroll up to ‘K6A’ for more by Monk.e in this retrospective. This multi-talented artist also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Naimo in a Hochelaga alley.

Naimo on an abandoned Plateau building.

Naimo in Petite-Patrie.

Narc in Ahuntsic.

Narc in Ahuntsic.

Noper at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Nor at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Nor at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Paner on an abandoned Plateau building.

Peace in Hochelaga.

Peack‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Peru at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Peru at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Peyo in Rosemont.

Pito in Ahuntsic.

Pito at the 2020 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam. Scroll up to ‘Killa EF’ for more by this writer.

Psycho in Hochelaga.

Highwayside Psycho.

Quote at the Papineau graffiti walls.

Raes in Rosemont.

Raes at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Rains in Hochelaga.

Rains at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Rains at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Resok in an abandoned building.

Resok in Rosemont. Scroll up to ‘Eskro’ for more by Resok. He also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Rizek in an abandoned building just as the Covid19 pandemic hit our shores.

Rizek (above) and Luna (below) in an abandoned building. Scroll up to ‘LTG / POM’ for more by Rizek.

Salé on a bridge pillar.

Sank at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

SBU One in an abandoned building.

SBU One in an abandoned building. SBU also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Scribe in Hochelaga.

Above 2 photos: both sides of a truck by Scribe.

Scribe in the Plateau. Scribe also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Senck in Côte des Neiges.

Senck in the Plateau.

Serak‘s contribution to a major production by the KG crew.

Serak on letters and Awie on the portrait of Ennio Morricone, in St-Henri. Scroll up to ‘K6A’ for more by both artists. Awie also has solo work at the beginning of this retrospective.

Serum in Rosemont. Scroll up to ‘LTG / POM’ for more by Serum.

Shok in Ahuntsic.

Shok in Ahuntsic.

Shok in Hochelaga.

Smak in Côte des Neiges.

Smak in Côte St-Paul.

Snipes in Côte des Neiges.

Snipes in Côte des Neiges.

Snipes in Côte St-Paul.

Snok in St-Henri.

Snok in Lachine.

Snok in Lachine.

Some in Petite-Patrie.

Stare in Rosemont.

Stare in Côte des Neiges.

Stare in Rosemont.

Tchug in Rosemont. Tchug also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Timer in Rosemont.

Timer at the 2020 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam.

Timer‘s contribution to the OG wall for the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Tizer at the Papineau legal graffiti wall. Scroll up to ‘Fisk’ for more by Tizer.

Tuna in Ahuntsic.

Tuna in Ahuntsic.

Tuna in Ahuntsic.

Vaper in Rosemont.

Verbe in Hochelaga. Also visible above in this shot is an older piece by Daur.

Verso in Rosemont.

Voguer in industrial Hochelaga.

Wuna in Hochelaga. She also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art.

Wuna and Hest‘s contribution to the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Hest also has solo work in this retrospective, scroll up to his name as well as to ‘Killa EF’ to view.

A tribute to George Floyd by members of XPR.

Zehok at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Zek‘s contribution to the OG wall for the 2020 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Zek‘s part in a major production by the KG crew in Hochelaga.

Zek in the Plateau.

Zen in Rosemont.

Zen in a Plateau alley.

Zen in a Plateau alley. He also has work appearing in the Retrospective of 2020 murals and other painted street art under the name Johnny Crap.

Covid-19 in Montreal urban art

This article features photos of Montreal street art and graffiti inspired by the Covid-19 virus and everything that is related to it:
– the social measures to prevent its spread such as the confinement, hand washing, distancing, masks, etc.
– appreciation for the health workers and concern about their status
– the population’s reaction to the crisis, such as the rainbows and “ça va bien aller” slogan, as well as the fear of the vaccines being developed.

Cet article présente des photos de street art et de graffiti créé à Montréal et inspiré par le virus Covid-19 et tout ce qui peut y être rattaché:
– les mesures sociales de prévention telles que le confinement, le lavage des mains, la distanciation, le masque, etc.
– l’appréciation pour le personnel dans le milieu de la santé et les revendications sociales relatives au statut d’une part de ce personnel
– les réactions de la population vis-à-vis la crise, telles que les arcs-en-ciel, “ça va bien aller”, ainsi que les réactions quant au développement éventuel de vaccins.


murals

This is the only mural done in Montreal related to Covid-19 and its social impact. It is a beautiful tribute to the health workers who were on the frontline of the fight against the virus. It was done by Patrick Forchild on a wall of the Jewish General Hospital for the 2020 edition of Mural Festival. The JGH was the Montreal hospital that was most equipped to deal with the sanitary crisis, with a whole department ready to receive patients from the very beginning.

This mural is not actually street art in the strictest sense, as it was commissioned by the government of Quebec for a music video encouraging young people to wear a mask. The artist who created the piece asked to remain uncredited. See the video here.


other painted work

This is Emily Read on a garage door in Villeray. With its rainbow and a pangolin, there is no doubt this was inspired by the events following the spread of the pandemic. The virus is suspected to have spread to humans from pangolins sold in a wet market in Wuhan, China.

This piece by Louis Letters saying “Coronavirus” was done about a week before the world ground to a halt in mid March.

A graffiti piece by Rizek done in an abandoned building very soon after the arrival of the virus in Montreal.

A tribute to the health workers by Hoar done on a legal-ish wall in Rosemont.

A self-portrait by Omar Bernal painted at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel near the beginning of the sanitary crisis. The correction in red paint is by the artist himself and part of his message.

This piece by Lost Claws in a Plateau alley is very likely a comment on the crisis.

This stencil by Carnior was found on a Petite-Patrie high school when kids were returning to school in September. It was a hot topic in the media at the time, with half the population seeing it as a good thing and the other half thinking it was a dreadful idea.

Kesta/Masok and Labz fighting the virus at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Hob on an overpass pillar.

Deep and Stephlxo on an abandoned building in the South West.

Namepiece and Covid skull by Axe Lalime in Rosemont.

Omar Bernal and Lino collaboration at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Riok at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel around the time when the government started making the mask mandatory in indoor public places.

An unidentified artist, perhaps Makes, at the Papineau legal graffiti wall. “Ca va bien aller”, the ‘slogan’ of the crisis, means “Everything will be fine”.

In Montreal like in many other cities, families with kids used their free time in confinement creating these “Ca va bien aller” rainbows and displaying them in their windows. This particular rainbow was painted by an anonymous person at the Papineau legal graffiti wall at the very beginning of this trend.

One more optimistic rainbow painted by an anonymous person, this one at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

As the sanitary crisis started dragging on for longer than what we initially expected and people’s patience was being put to the test, jokes on the crisis’ ‘logo’ and slogan started appearing here and there.

A thank you to health workers in time of the pandemic, by an unidentified artist. The text more or less translates to “Solidarity with all workers during the pandemic. The virus has exposed how human exploitation is alive and well in 2020. Let’s work towards a society in which workers, women and Quebec are free.”

This piece by Abir appears to be a comment on the whole year’s events, beyond the pandemic per se.

The fears surrounding the production of a vaccine to the virus, and particulary about Bill Gates’ involvement in its production and distribution, were also a source of inspiration to some artists. This is Maniak in Rosemont.

One more by Maniak on the same subject as above, but this time at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Wonez at the PSC legal graffiti wall soon after the start of the vaccination campaign.


pasted work

Posters by Huile d’Olive such as this one appeared here and there from the very beginning of the crisis. English language ones were also pasted, see below.

An english version of the above poster by Huile d’Olive.

For this Petite-Patrie piece CSRK was inspired by the unexpected toilet paper shortage that marked the beginning of the confinement. There was actually a bit more to it, see the artist’s account to view the complete original which had the text “Wash your hands” on the unrolled toilet paper.

One more wheatpaste by CSRK found in Petite-Patrie, this one from later into the crisis.

A paste-up by SciWalkArt.

This piece by Lost Claws found on the wall of a Mile End church at the beginning of the Great Confinement is presumably about the virus. The caption reads “Up to your old tricks?”. See close-up below.

Close-up on the above piece by Lost Claws.

As the number of deaths was rising every day and the governments started asking the population to stand at least 6 feet apart to help contain the spread of the virus, this dark humour piece by Lost Claws appeared on a Plateau wall, as “six feet away” also recalls “six feet under”.

While the rising number of deaths was the main topic in the news, this piece by Lost Claws with the caption “You get used to it”, appeared on a Petite-Patrie wall.

Poster by the Artists 4 Long Term Care, a social action initiative that uses art and storytelling to raise awareness about the crisis facing residents and staff living and working in long-term care facilities during the pandemic.

Poster by Faustova, an Artist 4 Long Term Care.

Poster by Super Puper Art, an Artist 4 Long Term Care.

Tribute to health workers by Cara Carmina.

Mini-posters by Shifty Cat. This artist made many more on the subject, but these were the first ones encountered. More below.

One more mini-poster by Shifty Cat.

One more mini-poster by Shifty Cat.

One more mini-poster by Shifty Cat.

Covid-19 sticker by Waxhead, one of many colour variations.

Red/orange variation of Waxhead‘s Covid-19 stickers.

Blue variation of Waxhead‘s Covid-19 stickers.

Green variation of Waxhead‘s Covid-19 stickers.


other

Here’s a 50 x 50 tile installation by Shelley Miller inspired by the first wave of the pandemic. The colours each represent a different Montreal borough (in percentage of cases), and each column represents a day, for 50 days. It therefore shows how in the early days of the pandemic (left of the piece), the relative evolution of boroughs was quite different, but after 35 days (right of the piece), everything seemed to stabilize. More info from the artist’s account via the above link.

This bollard was already made into a minion by François Poulin a long time before the arrival of the virus, but masks we added to it, presumably by the artist himself at the beginning of April.

The opposite side to the above mask-wearing minion bollard by François Poulin.

This ia a miniature installation replicating a Plateau housefront with bicycle, cat, etc. To give an idea of scale, the whole thing shown here is the size of a small basement window (it actually looks like a boarded window). This existed long before the arrival of the virus, but a rainbow and the ‘Ca va bien aller’ slogan were added in the ‘windows’ at some point so it would look like so many housefronts in the neighbourhood.